Does drinking alcohol make Abilify never work again?
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Q. Does alcohol hinder the work of Abilify?

Answered by
Dr. Sathya Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2016 and last reviewed on: Aug 03, 2023

Hi doctor,

A person used Abilify and drank alcohol heavily on Abilify. Then switched medications and quit drinking for years. Can that person go back to Abilify again? Will it work? Or does drinking alcohol make the medication never work again? Please explain.

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Hi,

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Abilify (Aripiprazole) effects can be reduced simultaneously by using alcohol at that point of time. It means, at the time you are taking alcohol as well as Abilify, the medicine may not be able to exert its full effect. But, its effects are not reduced in the fashion that you are describing. Please bear in mind that a number of psychotropic medications and potentially Abilify may be associated with what is known as discontinuation related resistance. Discontinuation related resistance means that you take Abilify initially, it works great. Then, you stop it for sometime and then restart, but this time it does not work as well. This is unrelated to alcohol.


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